The Darling, Sydney’s most luxurious boutique hotel, won the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards in the Luxury Accommodation category at the gala dinner held at Luna Park on Thursday, 24 November.
The Darling was acknowledged for the superior level of luxury across the hotel’s 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses. With stunning views over Sydney Harbour, the hotel’s deluxe amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, an indulgent 16-room day spa and world-class cuisine at Chef Chase Kojima’s hatted restaurant, Sokyo.
The Star Sydney was recognised twice at the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards with The Star Event Centre to be highly commended for Business Event Venue.
The NSW Tourism Awards, hosted by Tourism Industry a division of the NSW Business Chamber, celebrate tourism excellence across the state. The award program encourages creativity and innovation in the tourism industry, while benchmarking best practice operations.
John Autelitano, General Manager of Hotels at The Star, commented on the significance of The Darling taking home the Luxury Accommodation category.
“It was an honour to be shortlisted as a NSW finalist in the Luxury Accommodation category, which includes the highly competitive Sydney hotel market. To take out this category against strong competition truly showcases The Darling Hotel as the most luxurious hotel in NSW.
“The Darling is dedicated to delivering an exceptional luxury experience to guests from the moment they make their booking. We are continually reimaging what luxury means to our guests and are proud to set the standard for luxury not only in NSW, but across Australia,” said Mr Autelitano.
The NSW Tourism award comes at the end of a highly successful 12 months for the hotel, shortlisted as a finalist at the Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Sydney Deluxe Hotel of the Year and the Hotel Management Awards for Best Tech Hotel; The Darling Spa won best Health Club and Spa Facilities of the Year at the TAA NSW Awards.
Talking of the achievement in the Business Event Venue category, Jayson Heron, Director of Sales, indicated The Star Event Centre’s versatility and world-class facilities were the stand out factors that led to the venue’s high commendation.
“Thank you to NSW Tourism for recognising the Event Centre in the highly competitive Business Event Venue category. The Event Centre is an outstanding venue that provides versatile event spaces that are complemented by our world-class audio visual and food and beverage services”, said Mr Heron.
Melinda Madigan, General Manager of Marketing and Entertainment at The Star commented on dedication of the teams at The Darling and the Event Centre who work tirelessly to deliver unrivalled customer experiences.
“The Star welcomes over 11 million visitors to the property each year and is an integral part of Sydney’s visitor economy. It is a privilege to be recognised by NSW Tourism for the outstanding efforts of the teams at The Darling and the Event Centre who continually deliver above and beyond to provide exceptional experiences for all guests,” said Ms Madigan.
The Darling will now compete for best Luxury Accommodation in Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday, 25 February 2017.